JACOB LAWRENCE AND THE GREAT MIGRATION (PART 6)

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great migration panel 57

This is the final part of the series I have been running on Jacob Lawrence’s Great Migration paintings. Lawrence was one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century, and the Great Migration, the exodus of six million African Americans from the South to the North that began at the start of the First World War, one of the defining features of American history. I wrote in the first post about the significance both of Lawrence and of the Great Migration, and of the importance of Lawrence’s 60-panel depiction of the event. I have published all the panels, together with their original captions, ten at a time: 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50. And here are the final ten panels, which deal largely with the bitter sweetness of the African American experience of the North.

If you want to see all 60 panels in…

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